All Library branches are closed until further notice. 

Regular Hours

City Centre

Mon - Thu: 9:00 - 9:00 
Fri: 9:00 - 5:00 
Sat: 10:00 - 5:00 
Sun: 10:00
 - 5:00

*Closed Labour Day, Remembrance Day, 
Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day


Mon - Thu: 9:00 - 9:00 
Fri: 9:00 - 5:00 
Sat: 10:00 - 5:00 
Sun: 12:00 - 5:00 

*Closed all stat holidays and Sundays followed
by a holiday Monday 

As of March 17 the Library is closed until further notice to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Library Link service, programs, events, activities, group visits, homebound service and interlibrary loans have all been canceled.

Please hold on to any items currently checked out. Drop boxes have been locked to prevent overflow. We will be waiving fines and extending holds. 

Our online resources, ebooks & audiobooks continue to be available with a library card and PIN through the website and the Coqlibrary App. Sign up online for a Library card to access most online services.

Start using the Library from home now or check our COVID-19 updates.

Story Times

We offer fun story time programs for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and families. Storytelling and songs help your child's language development, and the group setting allows you and your children to socialize with others. Join us and share some special time with your child.

Click here for Story Times at the Poirier branch.

Click here for Story Times at the City Centre branch.

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Science Expo 2020

Science Expo 2020 LogoCANCELLED
Coquitlam Public Library will host its fifth annual Science Expo on May 14, 2020. A partnership program between the Library, School District 43 and Douglas College, the Expo invites Tri-Cities students in gr. 4 to 12 to exhibit science projects at the library for a chance to win prizes. Winners will receive more than $2,000 in prize cheques, plus trophies and medals. Visit the Science Expo page for more details.

French Story Time

City Centre branch, Room 127
Mondays starting April 6 to May 25
10:00 - 10:30 am
Registration: Drop-In

In partnership with Société Francophone de Maillardville, this story time will be presented in French for children 5 years old and under. 

Easter Story Time

City Centre branch, Room 136 & 137
Monday, April 13
11:00 - 11:30 am
Registration: Drop-In

Join us for a special story time to celebrate Easter. Stay for puzzles and games afterwards. 

Parent-Child Mother Goose In Cantonese

City Centre branch, Room 136
Wednesdays, April 22 - June 10
10:00 - 11:30 am
Registration: Required 
Program presented in partnership with S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

For Cantonese-speaking parents with children 6 months to 3 years old. Participate in songs, rhymes, finger plays, bounces and tickles in a comfortable environment. Free child-minding available for siblings. Snacks provided. 

Register for this free program by phone 604-468-6002 or email

Chess Club

Poirier Branch, Nancy Bennett Room
Every Saturday
2:00 - 4:30 pm
Registration: Drop-in
All ages welcome! 

Interested in learning how to play chess or looking for someone to play with? Join us every Saturday for weekly Chess Club. All ages are welcome. Chess sets will be provided.

Upcoming sessions:
CANCELLED April 4, 11, 18, 25
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
June 6, 13, 20, 27

Story Time at Smiling Creek

Smiling Creek Activity Centre Gym
3456 Princeton Ave
Story Time: 6:30 - 7:00 pm | Library Link: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Registration: Drop-In

Our library storytellers will be in charge of bedtime stories & songs tonight! Also, the Library Link will be there with books and movies for the whole family to borrow and enjoy.

Design-Your-Card Contest

Thank you to everyone that entered our Design-Your-Card contest. Two lucky winners will have their design featured on our children’s library cards. Congratulations to all the winners!

Traditional Design:  Digital Design:
First place: Ida (age 10)
Second place: Kaitlyn (age 11)       
Third place: Boya (age 11)
First place: Maya (age 10)
Second place: Estelle (age 11)
Third place: Lyla (age 8)


Early Years Family Drop-In Programs

Are you a parent or caregiver with a child(ren) ages 0-6? Visit one of the FREE drop-in centres in the Tri-Cities! 

These programs are run by the Library's partner organizations. 

Early Years Calendar - Winter 2020

Children's Catalogue

Looking for children's library materials? Try searching using the Children's Catalogue.

Search for books by title, author or series. Or search by subject like animals, places, science and more.

Keyword Search Our Catalogue

Learn how to do a catalogue search using keywords with a little help from our friends in this video.

Spring 2020 Program & Events Guide

Mark your calendars for a new season of amazing programs and events. Includes author visits, career workshops, health and home seminars, children's story times and more.

Read it or print it. Copies also available at your local branch. 

More Children's Resources

Lendable Tech

  • Playaway Launchpads
    Borrow a study little tablet pre-loaded with games about math, transportation, nature, building and engineering, shapes and colours, animals, princesses and more! 

eBooks and Digital Reads

  • Sesame Street eBooks
    New and classic eBooks featuring Sesame Street characters. Includes read-alongs, eAudio, animated and interactive books. Accessible by browser only. Must use a Coquitlam Public Library card beginning with 22416. 
  • Tumblebooks
    Read-alongs, eBooks, videos, puzzles, games and non-fiction books for preschoolers.
  • BiblioEnfants
    French language version of Tumblebooks. Includes read-alongs, eBooks, videos, puzzles, games and non-fiction books for preschoolers.

Other Resources

  • All Aboard for Kindergarten
    A checklist of 100 picture books for parents and their kindergarten-age children to enjoy. With 10 different categories, including: Funny Stories, My Family and Me, Animal Stories, and School Stories.
  • Tri-Cities Community Resource Map
    Produced by the Early Childhood Development Committee and the Tri-Cities Literacy Committee, this map lists community centres in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra.

Learning at the Library

The Coquitlam Public Library offers homework help programs for children. Click on the links for schedules and registration.
  • Reading Buddies
  • This program pairs teens in high school with kids in grades 1 through 4. Sessions run in the fall (October / November), the winter (February / March) and the summer (July / August) at both branches of the Library. It's a great way for kids to practice reading.
  • Homework Help Club
  • Teen tutors provide instructional assistance to kids in elementary or middle school who are struggling with their homework. Sessions run in the fall and spring. Kids must bring homework assignments on any subject to meetings. Teens will provide explanations and/or instructions to the best of their ability.
  • Parlez-nous en Fran├žais
  • Improve your French in the Library's after-school French homework and conversation club! French immersion students in elementary or middle school are invited to practice with French-speaking volunteers from high school. Kids should bring homework assignments, or come prepared to work on their French conversation skills.


    Library Locations
    Poirier Branch
    575 Poirier Street
    Coquitlam, BC
    V3J 6A9

    City Centre Branch
    1169 Pinetree Way
    Coquitlam, BC
    V3B 0Y1
    604-554-READ (7323)